"Thank you...for the kind and loving prayers towards my mission. We had a good and grand celebration yesterday. The ceremony, Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, started by exactly 6 pm in the evening. Eleven priests were present for the Eucharist."
This was the first time so many priests gathered at this new mission for a function, wrote Fr. Varghese Kalapurakudy, about the June event that marked his first major celebration as pastor of his new mission, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kakinada.
Traditional Indian dancers led the procession toward the outdoor Mass. But "after first reading it was heavy rain," wrote Fr. Varghese, "so we all rushed in to the church. The church was fully packed. Many stood outside just because of no place inside."
Father wrote about the "church," but since the mission is so young, it still lacks a church building. People meet inside a multi-purpose hall and pray for the day when they will have their own church.
Storms threatened, as the Mass began.
Blessing the people:
|"Bless all hearts that love thee."|
|After storms rolled in, parishioners ran for their "church," |
a multi-purpose hall.
To everyone who keeps Fr. Varghese and his people in heart and mind, the missionary says, "Thank you for praying for my mission."